Research Opportunities Outside Stanford
Last Update: November 16, 2024
Many summer research programs and internships have application deadlines in January and February. Therefore, it is a good idea to take some time in December and January to identify programs in which you might be interested and check out the application deadlines so that you don't miss an interesting opportunity. Many of the programs require letters of recommendation; these should be requested from letter writers at least three weeks in advance of the deadline.
The schedules for some programs are optimized for the semester system and may be incompatible with the quarter system, while others accommodate the quarter system. However, for programs that start prior to the end of Spring Quarter, it is often possible to arrange a later start. Check the relevant web pages for details and contact information.
Note that many programs require that students be in their Sophomore or Junior year when they apply. Some positions require US citizenship or permanent residency. Check each program for detailed requirements.
Summer research programs typically provide a stipend of $6000-$7000 for a ten-week program if room/board are not covered by the program, and less if housing is provided.
For information on Stanford's program for our own undergraduates, go to physics-summer-research.stanford.edu.
- Compilation of summer research opportunities by Pathways to Science (Institute for Broadening Participation, with the goal increasing diversity in STEM fields): http://www.pathwaystoscience.org/Undergrads.asp
- Try out this search tool for physics and astronomy undergraduates: http://www.compadre.org/student/research/index.cfm
- American Physical Society (APS) Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Summer Workshops -- there are links to videos of past workshops, panels, etc. on this website: https://www.aps.org/programs/education/undergrad/physicsreu/reu-student.cfm
- Search "summer research physics" or "summer research engineering" or "summer internships physics" in google to find more opportunities.
- Consider internships and co-ops in industry. Just google ‘summer internship’ and the name of the company (e.g., Tesla, General Electric, etc.).
- APS webinar that shares advice and resources for finding and successfully applying to research opportunities for undergraduate (REU) programs: https://goo.gl/Agwr1C.
ACADEMIC and FEDERALLY FUNDED PROGRAMS in the United States
Medical physics uses radiation in medical procedures such as medical imaging and radiation therapy. AAPM has two summer research programs: a Summer Undergraduate Fellowship (app due Feb 5) and DREAM (Diversity Recruitment through Education and Mentoring (app due Feb 5).
|Feb 5, 2024
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Argonne is a multidisciplinary science and engineering research center, where teams of world-class researchers work alongside experts from industry, academia and other government laboratories to address vital national challenges in clean energy, environment, technology, and national security.
A list, with details, of all programs operating within Astronomy to increase participation by under-represented groups.
Students at participating Cal State campuses and California community colleges may apply through Calbridge-Summer. We welcome students from these institutions to apply regardless of immigration or citizenship status.
|Feb 1, 2024
This program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Some of these fields include biology, biochemistry, bioengineering, medical engineering, chemical and biomolecular engineering, and chemistry. Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a 4-year university in the US at time of application, and must be US citizens or US permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required.
|Feb 1, 2024
SURF students have the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of experienced Caltech mentors working at the frontier of their fields. Students experience the process of research as a creative intellectual activity from the beginning (defining and developing a project) to end (presenting their results at SURF Seminar Day).
|Feb 22, 2024
This program aims to foster diversity by increasing the participation of underrepresented students in science and engineering Ph.D. programs and making Caltech's programs more visible and accessible to students not traditionally exposed to Caltech. The program is extended, but not limited, to underrepresented minorities, women, first-generation college students, geographically underrepresented students, educationally or financially disadvantaged students, and students with disabilities.
|Jan 9, 2024
CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented and motivated elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. They are currently seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates to teach the following Physics-related courses: Physics of Engineering, Physics of Sports, Fast-Paced High School Physics, Advanced Topics in Physics: Special Relativity, Introduction to Astronomy, Astrophysics, Introduction to Robotics, Principles of Engineering Design, Investigations in Engineering, Electrical Engineering.
Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing and as needed basis.
|Ongoing and as needed basis.
This program offers unique opportunities that introduce students or post-graduates to the mission and operations of the U.S. Department of Energy. Participants in the DOE Scholars Program gain a competitive edge as they apply their education, talent, and skills in a variety of scientific research settings within the DOE complex. Appointments are available for a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide.
|Jan 15, 2024
SULI encourages undergraduate students to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers by providing research experiences at the Department of Energy (DOE) laboratories. Selected students participate as interns appointed at one of 17 participating DOE laboratories/facilities. They perform research, under the guidance of laboratory staff scientists or engineers, on projects supporting the DOE mission.
|Jan 9, 2024
The Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Science, Technology and Policy (STP) Program serves as a next step in the educational and professional development of scientists and engineers interested in energy efficiency and renewable energy policy. The EERE STP Program provides an opportunity for highly talented scientists and engineers to participate in policy-related projects at DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Washington, D.C. and Golden, CO site office.
|Jan 15th and June 15th
Fermilab has multiple summer research internships for undergraduates, including the DOE SULI program (above), Fermilab's own summer research program in Accelerator Physics, and SIST (Summer Internships in Science and Technology), which recruits students from underrepresented minorities. Fermilab also has international partnerships with institutions in foreign countries.
The SAO Summer Intern Program is an NSF research experience for undergraduates. Students take on an astrophysics research project with an SAO or Harvard scientist.
|Jan 31, 2024
SR-EIP is a fully paid summer internship that provides undergraduates with training and mentoring in the principles underlying the conduct of research and prepares them to pursue competitive applications to Ph.D. or MD-PhD program. SR-EIP offers closely mentored research experiences in the life and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, and the humanities at 20 research institutions across the country.
|Feb 1, 2024
MSRP seeks to identify talented sophomores, juniors, and non-graduating seniors who might benefit from spending a summer on MIT's campus, conducting research under the guidance of MIT faculty members, postdoctoral fellows, and advanced graduate students. Students who participate in this program will be better prepared and motivated to pursue advanced degrees, thereby helping to sustain a rich talent pool in critical areas of research and innovation.
View current internships, fellowships, and scholarships available from NASA.
Internship opportunity to work at Marshall Space Flight Center as Chandra X-ray Data Analyst Support.
The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated advanced undergraduates to apply for participation in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program. Students will work in multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA DC-8 and assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. Each student will complete an individual research project from the data collected. Outstanding faculty and staff for this program will be drawn from several universities and NASA centers, as well as from NASA flight operations and engineering personnel. Instrument and flight preparations and the research flights themselves will take place during the first two weeks of the program at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center, in Palmdale, CA. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place during the final six weeks of the program at the University of California, Irvine.
|Jan 31, 2024
The JPL Summer Internship Program offers 10-week, full-time, internship opportunities at JPL to undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering or mathematics. As part of their internships, students are partnered with JPL scientists or engineers, who serve as the students' mentors. Students complete designated projects outlined by their mentors, gaining an educational experience in their fields of study while also contributing to NASA and JPL missions and science. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a number of enrichment activities, including tours, lectures and career advisement, arranged by the JPL Education Office.
|Mar 29, 2024
Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) programs are an excellent way for undergraduates to become acquainted with scientific research and graduate student life. REU programs typically consist of an intensive 10-week summer research experience at a university different than your own. Most research centers sponsor REU-like programs as part of their education and outreach efforts. The NNCI does not offer a network-wide REU program, but many of the NNCI sites conduct their own separate programs.
NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. UG students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the US or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.
Use the Search for an REU Site to examine opportunities in many physics-related areas supported by NSF. Search by keywords to identify sites in particular research areas or with certain features, such as a particular location.
Students must contact the individual sites for information and application materials. A contact person and contact information is listed for each site. Application deadlines vary between sites.
The Office of Technology Transfers (OTT) Entrepreneurship Program provides paid opportunities for undergraduate students to explore and contribute to advances at the intersection of business and innovative technologies like machine learning, artificial intelligence, computing, data science and biofuels. Students undergo intensive training as they participate at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Headquarters, national laboratories, and other OTT-approved facilities.
|Jan 15, 2024
Areas of interest include Astronomy, Astrophysics, Complex Systems/Biophysics, Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, and Physics Education. $5,200 Stipend. On-Campus Housing. Round trip travel allowance to Notre Dame.
|Feb 20, 2024
4-week course to introduce physical and computational scientists to modern neuroscience.
|Feb 1, 2024
This REU will give students the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of experimental physics, from conceptual detector design, sensitivity studies, hardware development, and construction, to simulation, software development and data analysis. Students will be mentored by CNP faculty and post-docs. Each project will be tailored to the student's knowledge and expertise by their faculty mentor.
|Feb 15, 2024
Each year, Sandia welcomes students from around the country - from those in their final years in high school to researchers obtaining Ph.D. - to work in a variety of technical and business positions. Interns work on real-world, challenging projects to contribute to critical national goals.
Stanford students work at leading U.S. nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the sustainable energy field. Fellows spend a quarter tackling the world's economic, environmental, social, and technical challenges associated with harnessing energy resources to deliver energy services.
|Jan 17, 2024
Regional-, state-, and city-level efforts are essential in our fight against climate change, especially in the field of energy. Stanford University is committed to helping by integrating its students into energy and climate ecosystems in the West through the Shultz Energy Fellowships program (formerly Stanford Energy Internships in California and the West), an energy-related summer fellowship program for undergraduate and graduate students.
Undergraduate members of the NSBP come to New York City to work with scientists in the fields of comology, astrophysics, quantum physics, and biophysics.
|Jan 15, 2024
Each summer, the Space Telescope Science Institute (STSI) brings about a dozen highly motivated college students to Baltimore, Maryland, for the Space Astronomy Summer Program to work individually with STScl researchers and staff on projects that include data reduction and interpretation, software development, and scientific writing.
Emphasis: physics research, science policy, education, and outreach.
|Jan 15, 2024
Participate in cutting-edge research with top USC faculty and receive $5,000 stipend, university housing, and travel to/from Los Angeles. Gain experience and tools to enhance your application to competitive PhD programs.
|Feb 9, 2024
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) Robotics Internship Program is a 10-week summer internship program for students majoring in a field related to robotics. The program provides opportunities for high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students and postgraduates to intern at federal national laboratories throughout the United States.
ISI welcomes enthusiastic, qualified graduate students and highly talented undergraduates as paid interns in their Marina del Rey, California, and Arlington, Virginia offices. They offer the chance to join in groundbreaking research in convivial, intellectually stimulating environs. Interns work on specific projects with senior research leaders and their teams, have the opportunity to attend lectures and study groups, and may also mentor others.
INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMS and INTERNSHIPS
The Aalto Science Institute internship programme offers undergraduate students the opportunity to participate first-hand in topical research, to interact with the premier research groups at Aalto University, and to network in an international environment. Positions are available in several fields of study ranging from mathematics, physics, computer science, complex systems, brain research, etc. AScI interns are usually hired for three months.
|Jan 29, 2024
The Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy (ASTRON) and the Joint Institute for VLBI ERIC (JIVE) announce the availability of a limited number of grants for their Summer Research Programme. The Programme enables astronomy students (graduate or advanced undergraduate) to spend the summer (10-12 weeks) at the institute in Dwingeloo in the Netherlands, conducting astronomical research under the supervision of ASTRON and JIVE staff members.
If you're an undergraduate in the technical or administrative fields and you're looking to spend a few months training "on-the-job," consider doing your internship at CERN in Geneva. The duration of this internship is up to 6 months.
Over a period of 8 to 13 weeks, students will work on an advanced technical project in an experimental or engineering team. See this page for application information for students at US institutions. Students can also attend a series of lectures where experts and scientists from around the world will share their knowledge about a wide range of topics in the fields of theoretical and experimental particle physics, engineering and computing. Visits to CERN facilities, as well as discussion sessions and workshops, are also key features of the programme.
The Institute has a limited programme for highly motivated bachelor's and master's students interested in research in the areas of Theoretical Physics, Mathematics, Theoretical Computer Science and Computational Biology to visit the Institute over their summer vacation. They typically select about 25 students across disciplines although this number varies a bit from year to year. These visits typically span 6-8 weeks during the summer (May-July).
During a period of at least two months and possibly including the 2nd week of July, internship students get the chance to learn new skills and to gain hands-on experience in their chosen field while working personally with leading senior scientists. Participating students will work in a research unit, typically to solve problems which are usually part of major research efforts. Often, this will lead to performing challenging programming or design tasks to prove new concepts. being an intern at EPFL is a highly motivating learning and work experience in a competitive research environment, and it is also a great way to get familiar with another culture, to start building a network of connections in Switzerland, and to get prepared for a global career!
|Sunday closest to Dec. 1
The Materials Research Laboratory (MRL) and the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program are seeking undergraduate science and engineering majors who are interested in pursuing a research experience overseas. This internship program will send science and engineering undergraduates from US colleges and universities to international partner institutions for a 10-week summer research experience. Internships are available at research centers in Eindhoven-Netherlands; Dublin-Ireland; Saarbruecken-Germany; and Goethenborg-Sweden. Interns will gain first-hand experience in scientific investigation in a dynamic, collaborative research environment and enjoy the overall experience of being abroad. Participating students will be matched individually with designated mentors, working in collaboration throughout the program. We encourage applications from students interested in interdisciplinary materials science, with backgrounds in Mechanical, Chemical, Electrical or Computer Engineering, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Materials or Physics. Preference will be given to applicants from southern California schools and those with prior research experience, including UCSB internship programs.
|Feb 12, 2024
The extensive RISE Germany database offers a wide range of internships in Science and Engineering. Find out about dates, application documents, selection criteria, the selection process, language requirements and scholarship benefits.
INFN is one of the leading organizations worldwide promoting basic scientific research and has tight connections with DOE activities in many areas of interest: Particle Physics, Astroparticle Physics, Nuclear Physics, Theoretical Physics and Detector Physics.
A three-month internship at EPFL will allow you to:
|November 30th, 2023
The ESAC Trainee Project is part of the ESA Student Placement scheme and is organized and funded by ESAC Human Resources and the Science Operations Department, in collaboration with the ESAC Faculty and ESA Education Office. Traineeships last from 3 to 6 months.
The Computer Science Department at ETH offers a new and interesting program that allows undergraduate and graduate students to obtain research experience in our department during the summer months. Applications for the program are open to all students - international students are particularly encouraged. The department is committed to increasing diversity in the computer science area.
|Dec 15, 2023
Research subjects at the IAC include: theoretical and observation projects in Relative Cosmology and Astrophysics, galactic and Extragalactic Astronomy, the Physics of Interstellar Material, Star Formation and Evolution, Radiative Transport, Solar Physics and Helioseismology, the Physics of Cosmic Fluids and Plasma Fluid.
LEAPS is an opportunity for students with an interest in astronomy and astrophysics to perform a 10-12 week summer research project in collaboration with a research scientist from Leiden Observatory or ESA. Students will be selected for the program based on their academic achievements and research potential and will be matched to staff projects based on what they indicate their scientific interests to be.
|Applications for LEAPS 2024 will open in January 2024.
The MPIA offers up to four positions for internships every year to bright bachelor and master students who desire to acquire hands-on research experience. Students work full-time for two to three months.
|The 2024 call will be open in December 2023.
Internships provide an opportunity for exceptionally well-qualified undergraduate and graduate students to take part in research projects at the MPI for Software Systems. Interns are expected to tackle new and challenging research problems in close collaboration with graduate students and faculty at the institute. Successful internships often result in coauthored publications at top academic conferences.
|Application deadline for summer internships (internships starting between May and August): November 1 of the previous year.
The MCQST Summer Student Program provides bachelor students worldwide the opportunity to gain an insight into research in Quantum Science and Technology (QST) at MCQST and its participating institutes.
Within MCQST leading scientists from the disciplines of physics, mathematics, computer science, electrical engineering, material science, and chemistry, thrive to discover and understand the novel and unifying concepts in the interdisciplinary research fields of QST. They are working on making these concepts tangible and practical to develop next generation quantum devices.
|Jan 31, 2024
During their stay, students will take part in research at the frontiers of condensed matter theory; strongly correlated systems (magnetism, superconductivity, quantum Hall effect, cold atoms, topological phases), quantum information and entanglement, systems out of equilibrium. They will also get a chance to participate in various academic activities at the Institute including seminars as well as in-house workshops and conferences.
|Nov 10, 2023
Perimeter Institute invites exceptional undergraduate students to join its research community for short-term summer research projects, running from May to mid-August. Undergraduate students will work on pre-established projects alongside Postdoctoral Fellows on-location at Perimeter Institute. Students have the rare opportunity to develop their research skills and absorb the rich variety of talks, conferences, and happenings at Perimeter.
|Jan 29, 2024
A 39-day residential enrichment program designed to challenge and inspire talented and motivated high school students (rising seniors) from around the world.
|Stanford Global Studies Internship Program: About, Opportunities
Participating institutes at the University of Stuttgart offer unique opportunities for full-time research projects in different fields of studies. The length of SUPER varies between two or three months from June through August and depends on the research project offered by the hosting institute.
Each year, the NCCR Bio-Inspired Materials offers up to 20 undergraduate students (from Switzerland and around the world) the opportunity to spend the summer participating in cutting-edge research within one of the Center research groups. The undergraduate students have not only the change to get a glimpse of advanced research work and acquire hands-on work experience, but also to develop transferable skills and to network with professionals in their own field of interest.
UTRIP is a summer internship program for students majoring in natural science and other relevant fields. The program will provide students with an opportunity to gain research experience. Participating students will work closely with leading researchers of the Graduate School of Science (GSS) at the University of Tokyo. In addition, the program includes off-campus activities such as a field-trips to a historical or natural site in Japan, and social and cultural events to promote a better understanding of Japanese culture.
|Jan 9, 2024
Excellent North American students are invited to apply for the TUM Practical Research Experience Program (PREP), a 10-week program that runs over the course of the summer. Participating in a research project under the supervision of a TUM faculty member, PREP participants will build up and further refine their research skills, learn more about the specifics of the German higher education and research landscape, and become members of the diverse scientific community at Germany's top-ranked technical university.
|Nov 22, 2023
Apply for an Undergraduate Research Award (URA) to spend the summer doing theoretical or experimental research at the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC). Work with internationally recognized faculty and students from around the world in a unique, interdisciplinary research community.
|January 2, 2024
This program is designed to expose students to the rigors of gravitational physics research within a setting that truly reflects its international character. For a period of 9-10 weeks during the summer, participants work on research projects in some of the best gravitational physics labs in Europe and Australasia. During their stay, students also benefit from the valuable cultural enrichment that comes with living in a foreign environment.
TEACHING & MENTORING OPPORTUNITIES
CTY offers challenging academic programs for highly talented and motivated elementary, middle, and high school students from across the country and around the world. They are currently seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates to teach the following Physics-related courses:
Ready to work hard, play hard, inspire, and contribute? Galileo is looking for exceptional educators, experienced leaders, working professionals, and college and high school students who will make career-defining discoveries while inspiring over 25,000 Galileo campers at 50+ locations throughout the Bay Area, SoCal, and Chicagoland. Galileo is a summer job, but to many, it is also a community, a career path, an educational movement, a ridiculous amount of fun, and an inspiration to create positive change in the world.
Watch this video to get an idea of what it's like working with Galileo:
|Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies
A one-week astronomical instrumentation summer school for students interested in hands-on experience in the design, building and testing of optical instruments.